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Crack Dip

This Crack Dip recipe is rightly named – it’s a totally addicting appetizer. Cold crack dip is a creamy sour cream based dip filled with ranch, cheese and bacon. It’s easy to make and perfect for anytime you want a quick snack! Best of all, it is gluten-free!

Cold Crack Dip

Easy Crack Dip- What is it?

Crack dip. What the what? I had never heard of it but I’ve seen it all over Pinterest. It’s been pinned SO many times. I was intrigued. Well, it’s that good. It’s creamy dip goodness. With bacon. Everything is always so much better with bacon. If you are looking for the perfect appetizer or snack, this is totally it!

I mean really, a dip that’s simply called crack dip must be good. And by good, I mean insanely can’t live without it good.

To me, the name implies that it’s addicting. That you will have no self control around this appetizer. That you will eat too much and you won’t care.

Crack Dip in a bowl, topped with scallions and bacon.

I adapted this recipe from Plain Chicken. The first time I made it I used the bacon bits as called for. But I just found it waaaay too salty.

Like, it seriously overwhelmed my palate salty. And I am a salt lover so that says a lot. It was just too much for me. So I changed it up and used real bacon. It was SO much better. Also, feel free to double the amount of bacon. Or triple… I won’t judge.

I also used the ranch dip mix instead of the dressing mix because the dip mix is gluten-free. Now, Adam is able to enjoy the recipe for crack dip with me instead of me eating the whole bowl of dip by myself.

Because that definitely would have happened. Hello, it’s called crack dip for a reason.

Crack Dip aka cheesy dip

Pro Tip from Sharon’s kitchen to yours

I know the crack dip recipe calls for chilling the dip for 24 hours before serving. I know that sounds like an eternity. It’s such a tease, make a great dip and you can’t do anything but look at it forever.

But please just trust me on this one, you’re going to want to wait the 24 hours. I gave it a little taste test after two hours the first time I made it, just to see. It was ok…

Ok, it was good. It just wasn’t awesome. I tried it again after the 24 hours and it was 10001% better. All the flavors had a chance to mingle and hang out and really get all friendly and delicious. I’m telling you, don’t skip on the chilling time, you’ll just be sacrificing the flavor!

Recommended Equipment

Crack Dip with chips

Key Ingredients

  • Sour Cream– any high quality brand will do.
  • Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix-It’s gluten free!
  • Bacon bits or Real bacon– Make sure to read the label to verify that it says gluten-free
  • Shredded Cheese– cheddar works great here!
  • Scallion– you don’t need more than one or two of them depending on your taste.

How to make cold crack dip in 3 easy steps!

  1. Mix the sour cream, ranch dressing mix, bacon bits and cheddar cheese together in a medium bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.
  3. Top with scallions and extra bacon. Serve with chips, crackers or your favorite veggies!

The best Crack Dip Recipe

With that being said, that also makes this crack dip one of the best dip recipes for parties because you HAVE to make it ahead. What’s better than make ahead dishes?!

Nothing, except eating said dishes. So bottom line – make this SATURDAY so you can enjoy it while watching the Patriots (or your favorite football team) on Sunday. Enjoy!

Dips that will be sure-fire crowd pleasers!

Cheesy artichoke dip– Perfect for a small or large crowd!

7 Layer Taco Dip– This will be a crowd favorite!

Slow Cooker Corn Dip– This dip is one that your family will ask for again and again!

Blueberry Cheesecake Dip– Just the right amount of sweetness!


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Crack Dip

4.58 from 166 ratings
This Crack Dip recipe is rightly named – it’s totally addicting. Cold crack dip is a creamy sour cream based dip filled with ranch, cheese and bacon. Does it get any better?
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 16 ounces Sour Cream Regular or light
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix or Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
  • 2 slices Bacon Cooked and finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Scallion Sliced


  • Mix the sour cream, ranch dressing mix, bacon bits and cheese together in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.
  • Top with scallions and extra bacon. Serve with chips.



  • If you don't have ranch dip mix available, you can also use ranch dressing mix. They are interchangeable, according to Hidden Valley.
  • If green onions are out of season, feel free to use chives instead.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 0.1mg


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  1. Thomas Bashaw says:

    5 stars
    Hey Shay, (How many times have you heard that? He he.I’m a precision cook to start. When I see an interesting recipe, I read all the variations I can to get a feel of what flavor they are trying to go for. Then I use my own creativity and go from there. I have never published and I respect your honesty to give credit.A lot of praise to get you my question. How much ranch powder mix do you use. I buy the Hidden Valley Ranch mix in bulk at Costco. Can you give me a starting point of how much you add? I follow a lot of baking sites like Sally’s Baking Kitchen so I weigh with a digital scale. Thanks for your response. I would like to go on instagram as I specialize in cheesecakes. Would love any hints or directions.
    Thank you. Tom Bashaw.

  2. Anne says:

    Do you think it would work with plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream…?

  3. Kay says:

    5 stars
    This is also really really good with ritz crackers! Such an awesome dip! Making it for the patriots vs bears game this weekend! Thanks!!

  4. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Does putting the cooked bacon in for 24 hrs make it too soft or chewy? Has anyone made this dip more then 1 day ahead?

    • Sharon says:

      The bacon in the dip doesn’t stay crispy but it flavors the dip. You can top it with additional crispy bacon before serving if you want that texture!

  5. Melinda says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for such a delicious recipe. I had similar type dish a while ago but with your recipe now I can make these on my own at home. Thanks again

  6. Emily says:

    I love this stuff! It is so addictive. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

  7. Karrie says:

    How much of the ranch dip mix is used

  8. Mj says:

    I see the on and on description, tons of ads and the signup to subscribe, but NOT the actual recipe.

    • Sharon says:

      If you’re on mobile, click READ MORE and it will load the rest of the post with the recipe. If you’re on desktop, it’s above the comments section. I’ve checked on both mobile and desktop and they are both appearing fine for me.

  9. Ashish Khadke says:

    woowww… is looking damn delicious.
    Thank you for this yummy recipe.

  10. Doug says:

    Anything with bacon is good for me! Thanks for the tip on the chilling time!

  11. vegetarianmamma says:

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  12. Sandra says:

    This looks amazing! Not only the recipe but you have done a great job with the pictures. Just wondering how you do your lighting. I am looking for ways to improve and would love some hints! Thanks Sandra

  13. i’ve seen this recipe all over pinterest too! ughhh need to make it!!! looks so yummy!!

  14. Ali the Skinny GF Chef says:

    I used to love making onion dip like this and ate it with Ruffles that have ridges. I need to go buy some chips! Your recipe looks scrumptious! Thanks so much for linking up to Savoring Saturdays again. See you this weekend!

  15. This looks yummy!! Hope you stop by and share your stuff on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party !! It is still going on! I would love to have you!

  16. This is something I am totally making for river days this coming summer! YUM!

  17. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says:

    Sounds like the perfect combination of ingredients just waiting for a chip. I bet it would be yummy with carrots and celery too. That way I can justify eating more!

  18. This looks totally addicting. I could eat the entire bowl of it, I’m sure.

  19. Would it be wrong if I said….I want that bowl of CRACK. Gimme all the crack? Okay…just gimme that dip 🙂

  20. Melissa says:

    This dip is perfect to make for watching the game this weekend. Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

  21. No joke, I could eat this whole bowl by myself. Not ashamed either 😉

  22. Yes…this would be totally addicting for me. Pinned! 🙂

  23. Annmarie says:

    Mmmmm crack dip…now I’m craving it 🙂